VERIL DE PLAYA CHICA
One Wall, Infinite Dives
0-40m, easy, beach access
Playa Chica is ideal for all types of diving – the shallow areas are perfect decompression stops for advanced divers, that wish to go down into the depths of the numerous spectacular dives this can be done from this location. Caves, underwater cliffs, volcanic channels, deep water coral, sharks and even unexpected encounters with whales are all possible at Playa Chica. This is Lanzarote’s premier dive site.
CUEVA DE LAS GAMBAS
Life in the Deep Blue
0-40m, advanced, beach access
The Playa Chica cliff hides many nooks and crannies worth visiting. The Cueva de las Gambas (Shrimp Cave) is one of them. At the foot of the cliff, at a depth of about 40 m, a cave gives shelter to swarms of narval shrimp. Dusky groupers lie in wait for the shrimp inside the dark cave and do not hesitate to pounce on them when they become visible by the light of our flashlights.
The uniqueness and richness of the caves along the Puerto del Carmen cliff are so great that Europe has declared it a “Special Conservation Site” within the Natura 2000 Network.
AGUJERO AZUL BLUE HOLE
Window into the Deep
0-35, advanced, beach access
This is one of the most famous dives in Puerto del Carmen, maybe because of the adventure factor that it offers. The Blue Hole is a tunnel that connects the sandy shallow area to the cliff that descends into stunning depths.
Practically every animal can be seen on this dive, from sea horses all lined up at the bottom to angel sharks and large stingrays; some lucky divers may even encounter the majestic manta rays. Without a doubt, this is a dive that deserves to be repeated.
PECIOS DE PUERTO DEL CARMEN
Ghosts from a Sunken Port
12-40m, advanced, beach access
This dive is recommended for those that love shipwrecks. In just one dive, you can visit the remains of up to six wrecks. Curiously, the shallowest ones are the best preserved and one of them even protrudes from underneath the rocks of the jetty, offering a completely unusual view. The remains of the ships offer a completely different scenery than any other dive on the Island, which makes it a site in high demand by divers that visit Lanzarote for the first time.
PECIOS DELBARRANCO DEL QUÍQUERE
A Battle Won by Fish
0-30m, easy, beach access
These three fishing boats are made out of wood and were built during the last century, with the intention of taking them to the oceans to steal fish. Paradoxically, they have ended their days at the bottom of the ocean, housing the creatures that were in times past its prey. The two shallowest boats are found almost completely intact. Contrary to this, the deepest one has a ghostly appearance, with its framing coming out of the keel like the ribs of a spinal column.
Felix,the Dusky Grouper,shows us his mansion
0-32m, advanced, beach access
This is one of the most popular dives in Lanzarote and it might be because inside the cave called Catedral (Cathedral) lives the most famous animal on the island, the big dusky grouper that local divers call Felix. This dive is comfortable and very complete. Vertical walls to search for hidden life, immense cliffs where stingrays and angel sharks can be observed, caves with all types of fauna and even a small wreck if you are interested in getting close to it.
A Tropical Dive
4-32, easy, beach access
The exotic name of this dive site captivates you instantly. When we go deeper into the water amongst the dense rocks at just a few meters deep, the play of light from the sun and the reflection off the white sand gives this place a truly tropical flavor. The dive could be done in this area alone, but in reality this spot is reserved for the security stop or for snorkeling because the site has much more to offer us if we go down to the cliff.
Channel into the Deep
18-34, easy, beach access
Giant walls that go down into the abyss, amazing drop offs, immense sharp rocks, caves, underwater canyons, large sand bars, and arches – all of this makes up a spectacular landscape decorated with a thousand different types of life. The landscape is one of the strong points of this dive because of how varied it is. The nooks in the rocks shelter two orange corals and one small cave that is blanketed with narval shrimps. A great variety of other species can also be seen.
A Cliff Full of Life
5-30, easy, beach access
No matter how many times we do this dive, it always seems too short. The incredible wall it goes along hides all types of surprises, like brightly colored hanging encrusting anemone, a branch of orange coral, leopard sea slugs or big dusky grouper and trumpetfish that are always aware of our movements. On the wall, at a depth of barely 5 m, a large group of rocks are home to all types of small creatures that can be enjoyed both during the safety stop and while snorkeling.
VERIL DE FARIONES
On the Edge of the Abyss
0-40m, advanced, beach access
If there is anything that distinguishes this underwater cliff from the rest of those we can find on Playa Grande (Big Beach), it is its depth and the height of its walls, as well as the rocks next to the little Fariones pier that are practically an aquarium, and are also ideal for snorkeling and safety stops.
The entire Puerto del Carmen cliff is a perfect place to observe the passing of migrating species that live in the deep blue. This is true for tuna, amberjack, or wahoo. Every diver’s dream has come true along this cliff: to see devil rays, dolphins, turtles or giant whales. Will you be one of the lucky ones?
EL MUELLITO Y LA PLAYA
A Dive for All Likes and Levels
0-12m, easy, beach access
The areas surrounding El Muellito (The Little Pier) and the two jetties at Playa Chica (Small Beach) are a magic place to enjoy both day and night dives. It is the perfect place to observe how the fauna change after dusk. This shallow dive is perfect for snorkeling, baptisms or for beginners to practice. Even experienced divers enjoy it after exploring the deeper walls.